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These Are the 20 Best Restaurants in Brighton

A plate from 64 Degrees
Pete Humphreys

64 Degrees has been named by critics as the best restaurant in Brighton for the second year running.

Michael Bremner who opened the restaurant in 2013 also won Best Chef this year and in 2016 at the Brighton’s Best Restaurant Awards.

He said: “I think the standard of food in Brighton at the moment is incredible and only going to get better.

“It’s a massive honour to win best chef and best restaurant again especially as it’s voted for by people in the industry. I’m also extremely proud of my amazing team.”

64 Degrees has an ever-changing short menu of small plates and was recently ranked at 16 in the National Restaurant Awards.

64 Degrees chef owner Michael Bremner and head chef Sam Lambert with awards cofounders Patrick McGuigan Euan Macdonald Credit Roarke Pearce

64 Degrees chef owner Michael Bremner and head chef Sam Lambert with awards cofounders Patrick McGuigan Euan Macdonald

Japanese Grill Bincho Yakitori took second place. Chef/Owner Dave Miney said: “We are no frills, but people don’t care. They’re not interested in the weight of the cutlery or having table clothes. They just want good food.”

Other restaurants celebrated include Dizzy Gull at Brighton Beer Dispensary which won Best Sunday Roast, Cin Cin in the North Laine who’s owner David Toscana won best welcome, and The Salt Room who’s Bar Manager Matt Ottley won Best Bar Keep.

David Toscana said: “We opened in November, so I’m speechless to have been recognised so soon. Our aim was to give Brighton the Italian food it deserves, so we’re so pleased that people have understood what we’re doing.”

Cin Cin won Best Welcome and Highest New Entry L to R David Toscano (owner), Fabrizio Manconi (general manager), Jamie Halsall (head chef) Credit Roarke Pearce

Cin Cin won Best Welcome and Highest New Entry [L to R David Toscano (owner), Fabrizio Manconi (general manager), Jamie Halsall (head chef)]

A spokesperson for Brighton’s Best Restaurants said: “We aim to bring national and local attention to the city’s new generation of independent restaurants and long-standing dining destinations, which rival any of the country’s première regional offerings.”

The awards are voted for by local food writers, chefs, restaurateurs, business leaders and critics.

Brighton’s Best Restaurants are co-founded by the Brightonian trio of Andy Lynes (food writer and author), Euan MacDonald (co-founder, 60 Second Reviews) and Patrick McGuigan (food writer), who all say they share a passion for restaurants and their hometown.

Organiser Andy Lynes said: “We’re delighted that the new Top 20 reflects Brighton’s dynamic and fast moving restaurant scene.

“It confirms Brighton as one of the best dining destinations outside London, and one that can stand side by side with cities like Bristol and Edinburgh.

“There’s something for everyone from innovative small plates to fabulous pizzas and of course great seafood.”

Full list of winners Brighton’s Best Restaurants 2017

The Top 20:
1) 64 Degrees
2) Bincho Yakitori
3) The Chilli Pickle
4) The Little Fish Market
5) The Set
6) Cin Cin
7) Plateau
8) The Salt Room
9) Silo
10) Semolina
11) The Gingerman
12) Terre a Terre
13) Curry Leaf Cafe
14) Isaac@
15) The Ginger Pig
16) Fatto a Mano
17) The Urchin
18) The Coal Shed
19) Riddle & Finns
20) Fourth & Church

Category winners:
Best Chef, sponsored by Nisbets
Michael Bremner, 64 Degrees
Best Barkeep, sponsored by Brighton Gin
Matt Ottley, The Salt Room
Best Welcome, sponsored by DesignLSM
David Toscano, Cin Cin
Best Roast, sponsored by Barfields Butchers
Dizzy Gull at the Brighton Beer Dispensary
Rising Star, sponsored by Enotria&Coe
Bincho Yakitori
Highest New Entry, sponsored by Bibendum
Cin Cin
Best OctoberBEST Dish, sponsored by L&S Printing
Crispy Pork Knuckle Vindaloo, The Chilli Pickle

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